Howard Roark delivering the closing statements of his own defense
Thousands of years ago the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light, but he left them a gift they had not conceived of, and he lifted darkness off the earth. Through out the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. The great creators, the thinkers, the artists, the… Continue
Few would have guessed from the 1940 models that LaSalle was near the end of its road. Wheelbase now lengthened to 123 inches (3.124 meters), and horsepower edged up to 130, thanks to a larger carburetor*.
Styling, an evolution of 1939, was hard to fault, and there were now two model groups for the first time. The lower-priced Series 50 wore conventional lines, again on the corporate B-body shared with Buick and other divisions. The…
A California-based design studio has dreamed up a deliciously retro desktop PC that looks like it came from the set of midcentury sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet." The Philco PC from SchultzeWorks pays homage to an iconic brand of TV marketed in the late '50s, the Philco Predicta.
The hep PC won top-three placement in a design contest, according to SchultzeWorks. It was designed with Rhino modeling software.
The Philco Predicta was revolutionary for… Continue
It's okay, I can see you in the back. Yeah you, the guy in the fedora.
This one's for you.
Two Fisted Tuesdays is my gift to Dieselpunks for the new year. You guys need more culture in your lives, but that ain't what I'm here for. Instead, I'm giving you gin drinkin' shamuses and bombshell blondes trying to make the world right one night - and one bullet - at a time.
1865 Web Offset Printing
William Bullock introduced a printing press that could feed paper on a continuous roll and print both sides of the paper at once. Used first by the Philadelphia Ledger, the machine would become an American standard. It would also kill its maker, who died when he accidentally fell into one of his presses.
1867 Barbed Wire
Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio, invents the product that will close down the open cattle ranges by closing in cattle onto… Continue
Henry Haven Windsor, son of a preacher man, publishes the first issue of Popular Mechanics. The publication quickly helps pull our technocultural future into the public orbit, showcasing an inspiring arsenal of scientists and cultural heavyweights along the way.
Born in Iowa in 1859, Windsor attended Grinnell College and eventually landed in Chicago, publishing three trade magazines — Street Railway Review, Brick and Rural Free… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on January 11, 2010 at 9:46pm —
Our Monday Camera section has taken a short leave of absence. In the meanwhile, let me present you a great photographer, whose scientific approach resulted in the most romantic Big Apple imagery.
Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (1906-1999) was born in Paris, France, to an American family of German origin. His father, painter Lyonel Feininger, was born in New York City, in 1871. His great-grandfather emigrated from Durlach, Baden, in… Continue
Well, it's official! Crazy Taylor, the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo has been contracted by Captiva Press and will be appearing as both an eBook and print publication in the next four months.
The tale starts in the late Victorian Era with a brave member of Her Majesty's forces in India and follows two generations of makers up through the early stages of… Continue
Originally designed to participate in the long distance competition Liege - Rome - Liege in 1938 and 1939, the Wanderer Streamline Special featured a standard Wanderer chassis with an all-alloy two-seater roadster body.
The engine was a design by Ferdinand Porsche - a 6-cylinder inline light alloy motor with a displacement of 2255cc and an output of 70 hp. It was located in the front and drove the rear axle. With a weight of only 900kg,… Continue
ABOUT AIRSHIP BABYLON:
Airship Babylon will be the first broadcast radio show in Australia to exclusively cover steampunk, noirpunk, punk-cabaret, dieselpunk, gaslamp, gypsy-punk and related music & news.
From the first of February 2010 Airship Babylon will air LIVE every Monday night/Tuesday morning from Midnight til 2am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) and is based in Brisbane, Australia. Tune in locally on 102.1fm or stream online at… Continue
In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found.
The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a… Continue
I am constantly amazed at the heights of human engineering.
The Dubai Tower (Burj Dubai) is scheduled to open to the public today.
Its height, claimed to be 824.55m (2,705.2 feet), but believed to be 818m (2,684 feet) - more than half a mile tall - makes it far taller than Taiwan's Taipei 101, which had been the world's tallest skyscraper at 509m (1,670 feet).
Do I agree with Dubai's policies as a nation? No. But this quote from the article should be enough to… Continue
Look at us here in 2010. While we don't have domed cities or flying cars, we are way awesomer than we were in terms of technology compared to 1910. Here in 2010, we have safe, fast cars. We've got these cool little devices in our pockets that can make phone calls, play movies, play music, send messages to others and surf the new-fangled internet. We've got highly advanced medical care and computer technology that creates worlds almost indistinguishable from reality.…
It's been about a year since I last listened to the Diablo Swing Orchestra and their newest album only cements my opinion. They're a very accomplished band full of talented musicians. Their tracks are too eclectic for my everyday listening (switching from opera, to metal, to big band swing), but their opening tracks are so full of dieselpunk that I usually need a cold shower after listening to them.
If you're a fan of the homepage jukebox and want to hear the music that makes me so… Continue
Emile Darl'mat was one of Peugeot's most successful representatives of the 1930s. He not only sold many of Lion badged machines, he also spent much time tinkering with them to increase their performance.
In 1928 Darl'mat teamed up with coachbuilder Marcel Pourtout to produce a completely custom Peugeot. Up until 1934 they continued to collaborate on one-off machines, but then captured the attention of the executives in Sochaux with a Peugeot…